• Question: what's the coolest thing you have done

    Asked by base495shy on 13 Nov 2023.
    • Photo: Amina Moss

      Amina Moss answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      Ooh this is hard. The coolest thing I have experienced is swimming surrounded by groupers, manta rays, reef sharks and a bull shark. We were meant to keep really still at the bottom of the ocean as we sat on the sand, and just observed them in their natural habitats. It was my first and only time seeing so many majestic creatures in one area. This was not for work, it was just sightseeing but still cool to me.

      For work, the coolest thing I have done was work with Tuna larvae (baby tuna fish). It is really hard to grow them in tanks, because they tend to hit the tank and hurt themselves, so the tank people design for them had to be special. I don’t design tanks, I just make food for them, and make sure they are growing healthily.

    • Photo: Karen Edwards

      Karen Edwards answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      Scuba diving at night with manta rays in Hawaii! You?

    • Photo: Anton Edwards

      Anton Edwards answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      I felt good when I spent a few weeks in Oman measuring coastal water currents near an oil refinery. We were working to prevent unnecessary pollution. But as well as doing that, our measurements showed us how deep water from the Indian Ocean was occasionally coming to the surface near Oman.

      Deep water has lots of fertilising nutrients in it. As soon as it reaches the light, huge numbers of plants (called phytoplankton) are able to grow in it. And then small animals (called zooplankton) eat the plants, and bigger animals (for example fish, but also mammals and crustaceans) eat the zooplankton. So places like this produce enormous amounts of fish for folk to catch and eat.

      I suppose that was one of my cool pieces of simple oceanography.

    • Photo: Cristina Steliana Mihailovici

      Cristina Steliana Mihailovici answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      Working with scientist and professionals in a team of around 200 people.
      Implementing strategies to protect marine environment and marine life.

    • Photo: Anuschka Miller

      Anuschka Miller answered on 14 Nov 2023:

      Maybe a snorkelling session where I was on my own with a large number of seals. In the water they are like ballerinas with their large dark eyes dancing all around you. It was magical. Or maybe it is was nighttime swimming in a pool of bioluminescent algae: it was like I was suspended in the Milky Way….

    • Photo: Camilla Cassidy

      Camilla Cassidy answered on 14 Nov 2023:

      I got to volunteer at the Charles Darwin Research Centre in the Galapagos, where we walked across a volcano, studied marine iguanas and snorkled to sample coral!

    • Photo: Stephanie Horn

      Stephanie Horn answered on 16 Nov 2023:

      Probably travel! I’ve been able to travel to many cool places because of my work.

    • Photo: Jonathan Teague

      Jonathan Teague answered on 17 Nov 2023:

      Probably getting to live and work in Bermuda for 3 months with lots of diving on coral reefs, this included going on night dives of wrecks to look for coral fluorescence!

    • Photo: Tanya Riley

      Tanya Riley answered on 20 Nov 2023:

      It is so hard to pick. There are so many cool moments! I think work related it would be rescuing whales, dolphins and seals. It was always cool been so close to such amazing creatures. Outside of work I would say it is seeing whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.

    • Photo: Clare Johnson

      Clare Johnson answered on 23 Nov 2023:

      Probably going out on research ships into the middle of the Atlantic to collect samples and data